Aidan Gillen as Lord Nelson Rathbone in Shanghai Knights (2003)Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968, Aidan Gillen is probably best known to audiences from his lead role in the rather controversial television series Queer as Folk, in which he played (in his own words) "a man slut." Some of his other high-profile performances include the villainous Carver Doone in the A&E/BBC production of Lorna Doone, and more recently as the villainous Lord Rathbone in the Jackie Chan-Owen Wilson action-comedy Shanghai Knights.

He's also played Peter O'Toole's rival game show host in The Final Curtain, a detective opposite Richard Harris in the British gangster film My Kingdom (2001), Aidan Gillen and Craig Kelly in Queer as Folk, Series 2the character Baby in Mojo (1997), Helen Mirren's imprisoned son in the IRA drama Some Mother's Son (1996), Geraldine O'Rawe's love interest in the romance Circle of Friends (1995), and a homeless youth in Antonia Bird's debut film Safe (1993) for the BBC. In 2000, he was named Best British Newcomer at the Edinburgh Film Festival for his leading performance in the film The Low Down (2000). The same year, he was also nominated for Best Actor for Queer as Folk at the BAFTA Awards.

In addition to his film work, Gillen is a seasoned theatre actor—notable roles include the titular character of Chekhov's "Platonov" (2001), Ariel in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" (2000),Promotional art for The Tempest (2000) and Skinny in Jez Butterworth's "Mojo" (1995). Other theatre credits include Synge's "The Playboy of the Western World," "Marvin's Room," and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Gillen also narrated the 1995 audio book version of Booker Prize-winning novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (a great read, incidentally), by fellow Irishman Roddy Doyle. Some of his television credits include "A View of Harry Clarke," Danny Boyle's "Killing Time," "Debs," "The Visitor," and "First Communion Day", all for the BBC, as well as "Suspicious Circumstances" and "The Wexford Trilogy."

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